ex·​pe·​di·​ence | \ ik-ˈspē-dē-ən(t)s How to pronounce expedience (audio) \

Definition of expedience

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Examples of expedience in a Sentence

the proven expedience of the carrot over the stick in getting the most out of people
Recent Examples on the Web The case can be made for expedience: The broadband initiative is being funded by American Rescue Plan stimulus money, which must be encumbered by the end of 2024 and spent by the end of 2026. Robin Goist, cleveland, 10 Oct. 2021 Whether this fateful decision had to do with antifascist expedience or pro-Communist ideology — the Nazis would later call the espionage group Red Orchestra — Donner doesn’t quite decide. New York Times, 4 Aug. 2021 Banks' critics use another term: political expedience. Brian Slodysko, Star Tribune, 30 June 2021 Organizations should still continue to provide detail for many reasons, including credibility, SEO and depth of engagement; but these should be layered into sites and pivoted with tagging for consumer expedience. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 6 July 2021 The proposal, which would have to be approved by CityCouncil, appears to be rooted in a mix of good intentions, expedience, and impatience to get something done in the waning months of Jackson’s fourth term. Steven Litt, cleveland, 1 May 2021 In his Thursday news conference, Weintraub described having to weigh political expedience and his personal frustration with the matter against his belief in second chances and Shore’s record with the office. Washington Post, 21 Mar. 2021 Their relationship, built more on expedience than admiration, plummeted after Trump's denial of his Nov. 3 defeat and relentless efforts to reverse the voters' verdict with his baseless claims that Democrats fraudulently stole the election. Alan Fram, ajc, 14 Feb. 2021 In the name of expedience and equality, Minnesota would be wise to use each of Minnesota's 17 health centers as COVID-19 vaccination sites. Star Tribune, 17 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of expedience

1548, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of expedience was in 1548

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22 Oct 2021

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“Expedience.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/expedience. Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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